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-> "''This one's for all you rock-and-rollers, all you crash queens and motor babies. Listen up! The future is bulletproof. The aftermath is secondary. It's time to do it now and do it loud! Killjoys, '''make some noise!'''''"

''Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys'' is the fourth studio album by MyChemicalRomance. The concept of the album is based around the lives of the 'Fabulous Killjoys' with each band member posing as a different member. The Killjoys are a group of outlaws who are fighting against the evil corporation [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Better Living Industries (BL/ind.)]] led by [[GrantMorrison Korse]], in the year 2019. Their guide is pirate radio DJ Dr. Death Defying. A website for Better Living Industries was launched in mid-November, betterlivingindustries.jp, featuring a mission statement, a report from the Zones and a merchandise store.

In terms of music, Danger Days is very much a [[LighterAndSofter lighter and]] - wait, no, that doesn't quite fit. It's definitely less angsty than previous MCR albums, even with the requisite [[RockOperaPlot rock opera]] [[DownerEnding ending]], and while many tracks keep the anthemic feel of their previous works, they're infused with a straightforward [[DrivesLikeCrazy high-octane]], [[MoreDakka raygun-laden]] [[CrazyAwesome psychotronic enthusiasm]] and tying together influences from modern Indie Rock, pop punk, and their old [[Music/{{Emo}} Emotive Hardcore]] sound to create something distinctly new.

In addition, DarkHorseComics published The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys comic, a six part miniseries that started in June 2013. The comic serves as a sequel to the album and the official ending to the Killjoys storyline, focusing on the Girl and the continued fight against BL/ind 12 years after the Killjoys' deaths.

!!The Fabulous Killjoys and others
* Party Poison: Gerard Way
* Jet Star: Ray Toro
* Fun Ghoul: Frank Iero
* Kobra Kid: Mikey Way
* The Girl: Grace Jeanette
* DJ Death Defying: [[Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence Steve Montano]]
* Show Pony: Ricky Rebel
* Korse: GrantMorrison


!!''Danger Days'' features the following tropes

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[[folder: Dangerverse Tropes]]
* AlternateContinuity: Many are quick to note a ContinuitySnarl or two between the album and the events in the videos, the most obvious being [[spoiler: Jet Star and Kobra Kid being reported as dead]] in "Jet Star and Kobra Kid" on the album and [[spoiler: the Killjoys possibly dying]] in the video for "SING". It all depends on how you interpret all the information gathered together, whether or not everything happens in one timeline. (Or, possibly, whether the villains are using stun bolts.) There's also [[http://sometimesophie.livejournal.com/80561.html a nice piece of fanfic]] that tries to explain how the Killjoys keep surviving.
** The comics serve as an official sequel to the album. However, some have noted the similarities of [[http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/True-Lives-of-the-Fabulous-Killjoys-2-Becky-Cloonan-cover___427364/?pagemode=popup&from=profile DJ Cherri Cola in the comics]] to Mikey's portrayal of [[http://cdn.buzznet.com/assets/users16/evyrossen/default/kobra-kid--large-msg-129596115096.jpg Kobra Kid]]. The solit for issue 3 even mentions Cherri as [[http://www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/True-Lives-of-the-Fabulous-Killjoys-3-Becky-Cloonan-cover___429280/ "a former Killjoy"]]. Yet again, this comes into conflict with Kobra's fate in "Jet Star and Kobra Kid". This is subverted, however, in that it was revealed Cherri Cola was indeed a Killjoy, but he didn't go to Battery City to rescue the Girl with the other Killjoys [[spoiler: so he wasn't dusted, leaving him the only apparent original Killjoy survivor until his death protecting the Girl]]. Any resemblance to Kobra Kid seems to be just a coincidence.
* ApocalypseHow: The enigmatic event when "The Lights Went Out" is an implied Class 1. [[spoiler: Another is implied at the end of the album with Doctor D's line "The lights are out and the party's over."]]
* TheApunkalypse: The Killjoys world isn't a million miles away from that seen in MadMax.
* BuccaneerBroadcaster: Doctor Death Defying.
* HandicappedBadass: Dr Death Defying.
* BadassAndChildDuo: The girl with all four Killjoys.
* BaldOfEvil: Korse
* CharacterBlog: The mysterious Twitter accounts for [[http://twitter.com/drdeathdefying Dr. Death Defying]], [[http://twitter.com/agentcherricola Agent Cherri Cola]], [[http://twitter.com/newsagogo News A Go Go]], and [[http://twitter.com/tommychowmein Tommy Chow Mein]].
* CoolMask: The Killjoys all have personalized masks to kick ass in, which have become a common fashion statement both with fans and those influenced by the Killjoys in the comics.
* CrapsackWorld: When your only shot at freedom is to flee to the desert and risk getting "ghosted" nearly every day of your life, that might qualify. Not that people in Battery City have it any better, not following BL/ind's orders can lead to getting killed, replaced with a robot, or turned into a Draculoid. While the Danger Days story takes place around the West Coast, Better Living Industries is a Japanese company and what little is implied about the rest of the world isn't too good.
* DeusExNukina: [[WildMassGuessing Possibly part of the backstory]] of the post-apocalyptic world in Danger Days, though promotional material hinted at the 2012 doomsday prediction as a possible cause.
* EliteMooks: The Draculoids.
** The Dracs might just be regular {{Mooks}} while the Exterminators (like Korse) are the real EliteMooks. WordOfGod seemed to suggest that the Dracs were higher than S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, who were higher than the police. Korse seems more like TheDragon. In the comic, The Girl stated Dracs weren't worth her time to off and she only targeted Scarecrows, which implies Dracs are lower. Also in the comic, Korse is demoted to Lobby Patrol for the BL/ind compound, which while a significant step down from being a Scarescrow is ''still'' higher than a Draculoid.
* {{Engrish}}: As Battery City is implied to be Japanese funded, some of the text and dialogues that appear in the videos, albums and comics are read in mangled bad translated english.
* FacelessGoons: The S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W unit and the Draculoids
* FakeBand: As a very punk rock inspired post-apocalyptic world, it has at least four stated fictional bands. ''The Mad Gear and The Missile Kid'', ''Vacation Adventure Society'', ''AKA Loretta'' and ''The Cause and Effect''.
** Issue 5 of the comic introduces Richard Ai Yai Yai and [[{{VideoGame/Gauntlet}} Wizard Needs Food]].
* FateWorseThanDeath: Agent Cherri Cola, who went into Battery City on a one-Killjoy killing spree, was captured alive, and was turned into a Draculoid. According to the Twitter accounts anyway, he's still very much not a Drac in the comics.
** Issue 1 of the comic shows that putting on a Drac masks [[MindRape forces you]] to see everyone around you as giant insects. One girl forced to wear the mask nearly kills her brother out of fear.
* FingerlessGloves: A common fashion choice in the Zones.
* FutureSlang: "Slaughtermatic", "clap", "Costa Rica", "Crash Queens" and "dusted" to name but a few.
* ImprovisedWeapon: Nintendo Power Gloves and Zappers are the weapon of choice in 2019.
* KillEmAll: In the video for "SING", [[spoiler: all of the Killjoys]] die.
** In the album, only [[spoiler: Jet Star and the Kobra Kid]] die. [[spoiler: Or at least at that point.]]
*** DESTROYA implies that [[spoiler: at least one of them survived]]. Some personally interpret that song as a RousingSpeech before what is either the Killjoys' [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice or [[EarnYourHappyEnding victory.]]]] Keep in mind that according to Dr. Death Defying's Twitter, there are "four generally accepted levels of dead" in the wastes.
** The official comics continuation so far indicates they all died...except for DJ Cherri Cola. Issue 2 mentions him as a former Killjoy who didn't go with the others to Battery City (as in, the events of the "SING" video) and ended up being the only surviving Killjoy as a result.
** The fate of "Vacation Adventure Club" in the "Dead Satellites" Free Comic Book Day story.
* LargeHamRadio: Doctor Death Defying
* MadeOfIron: Possibly ''everyone''. There are, after all, four levels of dead in the wastes.
* ManInWhite: The Draculoids at BL/ind.
** Also, Korse.
* MegaCorp: Better Living Industries.
* RobotGirl: "FTWWW" and "Mastas of Ravencroft" by [[DangerDaysTheTrueLivesOfTheFabulousKilljoys Mad Gear & The Missile Kid]] imply sex with [[RobotGirl android girls]].
** The comics feature a subplot with Red and Blue, android "porno bots" who just so happen to be in a committed relationship.
** The Free Comic Book Day short "Dead Satellites" shows BL/ind sending down decommissioned porno bots from the skies to draw out Zone dwellers who mistake them from the sky as meteors or something else and go to investigate.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Better Living Industries took control in 2012, the events of the album and the videos take place in 2019, and the comics take place 12 years after the events of the album.
* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Party Poison's radioactive red hair, and most of the Ultra V's hair colors in the comic. Rather appropiate for a series about teenage rebel punks.
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[[folder: The Album and Music Videos]]
* ArcWords: ''Run,'' ''Live Forever,'' and variations thereof.
** There's also ''Summertime'' mentioned throughout the album.
*** And something about ''The lights going out'' or variations mentioned in almost every track.
**** And ''The aftermath is secondary'', as it's said by Dr. Death Defying in the intro, and it also appears to be the slogan for BL/ind.
* BigDamnHeroes: The Killjoys, especially in the "Sing" video.
** According to the Twitter feeds, Agent Cherri Cola attempted to do this for News A Gogo. [[spoiler:He failed. Gogo escaped on her own, and Cherri was turned into a Draculoid.]] Which may have been retconned or wasn't canon in the first place as DJ Cherri Cola is in the Killjoys comic and is still very much not a Drac.
* BigRockEnding: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OVGjXYW0BY Two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMUdfJoks30 of them]].
* CerebusSyndrome: Sort of a self-contained example. The songs start out fun and even uplifting, but at about the halfway point after [[spoiler: Jet Star and Kobra Kid die]], things start sounding [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge angrier]], sadder rather sinister, and the storyline ends with a positively ''grating'' LastNoteNightmare DownerEnding.
** And then comes Vampire Money, an out-of-story song that's [[MoodWhiplash kind of perplexing]] coming after everything that just happened...but ends the album on the same note it started on. Borderline positive! Except if you listen to the words of Vampire Money, they finish exactly opposite of Na Na Na, that is, caving in and submitting to the life they fought in the beginning...if it was actually in-story. Canon-wise, the Killjoys [[spoiler: that were shown in the video at least]] died during the events of the "SING" video and Vampire Money was written as a TakeThat after being asked to do a song for the soundtrack to one of the Twilight movies. Note that Gerard's roll call in the beginning refers to the ''band'' and not the Killjoys.
** '''Borderline''' positive.
* CharacterBlog: The mysterious Twitter accounts for [[http://twitter.com/drdeathdefying Dr. Death Defying]], [[http://twitter.com/agentcherricola Agent Cherri Cola]], [[http://twitter.com/newsagogo News A Go Go]], [[http://twitter.com/tommychowmein Tommy Chow Mein]], [[http://twitter.com/djhotchimp DJ Hot Chimp]]. [[http://twitter.com/bobfillmore Bob Fillmore]] and [[http://twitter.com/garylevko Gary Levko]] [[WildMassGuessing We think.]].
** As of the Killjoys comic, the accounts might be non-canon. While Cherri Cola and Tommy Chow Mein show up in the comics, the Twitter storyline had Cherri Cola turned into a Drac. As of Issue 2, he's still living in the Zones as ''DJ'' Cherri Cola along with DJ Dr. Death Defying.
* ConceptAlbum: Following in the heels of TheBlackParade
** [[WordOfGod BUT GERARD SED]] [[FanDumb ITS NAWT!]]
** [[LyingCreator Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.]] Either that or that bit of WordOfGod applies to the scrapped album (eventually given a release in the form of Conventional Weapons) that the Killjoys replaced, not Danger Days. So it wouldn't be as much about Gerard lying as much as it is fans taking outdated information out of context.
* CoolCar: The Trans Am, known as the [[FanNickname Danger Car]]?
* DarkReprise: Na Na Na Na Na ''(Na Na Na Na Na)'' is repeated in [[HeroicSacrifice Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back.]]
* DeathByCameo: Jimmy Urine of MSI as a Draculoid in the video for "SING".
* DeusExNukina: [[WildMassGuessing possibly part of the plot or universe]] of the album. The Better Living Industries mentions "the great fires of 2012", but there hasn't been [[NoodleIncident much about that]] since.
* DogFoodDiet: In the video for "Na Na Na", the band is seen eating [[http://l4906227.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/power-pup.jpg "Power Pup"]] from cans.
* DoomedMoralVictor: The prelude to the album states that the Killjoy's are greater than God's revolver and twice as shiny. The intro to Na Na Na states that ''the future is bulletproof, the aftermath is secondary.'' The song later states outright that there are many people who want to change this CrapsackWorld, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption but are afraid to die]]. The Killjoys are the only ones who have the balls to change the world at the face of certain death.
** Also note that in all the music videos thus far, [[spoiler: the Killjoys are handed their asses in the end. The "SING" video is treated as canon in the Killjoys continuation comic...which is to say that they are one of the four commonly accepted levels of dead.]]
* DrivesLikeCrazy: We ''have'' to assume this is the only way to drive out in the Zones.
** Or, possibly, that they were entertaining the little girl. [[GoodIsDumb Kids ''love'' dangerous stuff.]]
* DyingMomentOfAwesome: [[spoiler: The whole Sing video, though especially Fun Ghoul. He's like the [[LordOfTheRings Boromir]] of the group!]]
* DyeingForYourArt: Most of the band members have done this for the album.
* EyepatchAfterTimeSkip: [[spoiler:Jet Star]] has one in "SING". Probably an injury from the fight at the end of "Na Na Na".
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Fun Ghoul [[spoiler:it's a play off the Italian way of saying "Fuck you/fuck off"]]
* GratuitousJapanese: In Party Poison.
** Also the music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvfNmXbVHi4 Planetary (GO!)]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Taken literally, this trope is the main focus of "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back".
* HeroicBSOD: Party Poison has one in the music video for SING when he realizes that [[spoiler:the Draculoid he just killed is Agent Cherri Cola, an ally of the Killjoys.]] This causes him to hesitate and leads to [[spoiler:Korse taking advantage of the moment by killing him.]] This is shown better in the Director's Cut version.
** In issue 2 of the comic, this is clarified/retconned. The actual Cherri Cola wasn't there during the events of the video, making the Draculoid that Party shot into some random mook (with no resemblance to the Cherri Cola in the comics) rather than someone of any emotional significance. The issue does explain that the Killjoys didn't want to kill but did so in order to protect The Girl. Party Poison's Heroic BSOD could have come from the lifestyle the Killjoys took on finally taking a mental toll on him.
* HighConcept: How Gerard gets out of claims that the band has created another concept album after early interviews quoted them as avoiding that. What many fail to realize, of course, is that descriptions of the album in early interviews refer to the scrapped first attempt.
* ItAlwaysRainsAtFunerals: At the end of the 'SING' video, it's pouring down rain.
* {{LARP}}: Overlaps with AudienceParticipation, since the band encourages fans to come up with their own Killjoy names and costumes. A "secret" part of the Transmissions page on the official site also encourages fans to send in their own; some of these videos are then broadcast from Dr. Death Defying's WKIL channel.
* LastNoteNightmare: "Goodnite, Dr. Death" has a really bad one. It doesn't help that "The Star-Spangled Banner" starts playing after Dr. Death Defying's final broadcast [[spoiler:(after all of the Killjoys have been murdered, the government has taken over, and all hope seems lost)]]. It REALLY doesn't help when the last note of the track explodes into a loud burst of distortion, louder than almost anything else on the album. Not a nice thing to listen to when half-way asleep.
* LittleMissBadass: The Little Girl, traveling with the Killjoys.
* LongTitle: The CD's title is fairly lengthy, and the song "Na Na Na" might also count, given that its full title is "Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)".
* LyricalDissonance: Many technological, club-style dance songs are thrown in with lyrics fitting the Killjoys' story of rebellion. Most notable example is "Planetary (GO!)"
** "Party Poison" is arguably the most fun, high energy, dance-y song on the album. The chorus begins, "This ain't a party, get off the dance floor."
* MetallicarSyndrome: Seriously, a painted-up Trans Am is maybe not the most inconspicuous car.
* MoodWhiplash: When you first hear the album, you go through it all fine. Then, you start to listen to the songs, apart of 'em all, and you feel like you are hearing a mixtape of a lot of genres and favorite songs you just picked, all mixed up in between songs. Helped by the Dr. D's reports, it could very well be a cassette being left recording a whole afternoon of radio. And it's awesome.
** The whiplash really starts to bite when, after the first handful of songs, all of which are fist-pumping, party-inducing anthems, "The Only Hope For Me Is You" throws in a little hint about bombs and war. No big deal, just a little hint. And ''then'' the normally-cheerful Dr. Death Defying breaks in to tell us that [[spoiler: Jet Star and the Kobra Kid "got themselves ghosted"]], and encourages us to "die with your masks on if you have to" before adding "Here...is the traffic". The rest of the songs sometimes fit the "anthem" style and sometimes dip into melancholy, but they tell the story of [[spoiler: everyone else dying, too.]]
* RedHeadedHero: Party Poison
* RefrainFromAssuming: Played with, possibly, since the song name Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na), and "na na na" ''is sung''.
* {{Retraux}}: Bulletproof Heart has a distinct mid/late-70s vibe.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: "Party Poison", [[EpilepticTrees or so it has been theorized.]]
* RockOpera: Sort of. The album lacks a definite narrative in places, alluding to more than it states. It's more like the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist.
* SoundEffectBleep: "BL/ind" bleeped the cuss words and "drugs" from the "Na Na Na" music video using standard bleeps and a nice, briefly interrupting screen that said "BL/ind" right on it.
** Doubles as a TakeThat.
** Then done straight in the video, at the line, ''And all the juvie halls and the Ritalin rats ask angels made from neon and [[PrecisionFStrike fucking]] garbage...'', where it's censored with a laser noise.
* ShoutOut: The Na Na Na video shows a skeleton half-buried in the desert wearing a [[TheBlackParade Black Parade jacket.]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic Gerard Way's personal Black Parade jacket.]]
** Also, there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it ShoutOut to [[Music/TheWho The Kids Are Alright]] in "Vampire Money."
--> The kids don't care if you're alright, Honey!
** "Vampire Money" begins with a roll call, similar to the one at the beginning of Sweet's "Ballroom Blitz".
* TagalongKid: The Little Girl. Rather than being TheLoad, however, she's seen hacking into vending machines, wielding a giant bazooka, and basically not panicking when she's captured by Better Living Industries during the "SING" video.
* ThanatosGambit: [[spoiler: The Killjoys know that they don't stand a chance against BL/ind. So they plan to live forever by making a memorable stand against their enemy.]]
* [[spoiler:TheHeroDies:]] [[spoiler: All four of them.]] In the music videos anyway...
* TheStinger: "Vampire Money," the last song on the album, which comes after Dr. Death Defying's final broadcast, is sung by MCR [[AsHimself as themselves,]] and is seemingly unrelated to the Killjoys. It's about selling out, further adding to the [[EpilepticTrees listeners' confusion.]]
** Specifically, it's based on a request to do a song for the Twilight soundtrack, which they turned down despite the financial potential. In one interview, Gerard is quoted as saying [[TakeThat "Vampires are the new Jonas Brothers."]]
* WildMassGuessing: The ContinuitySnarl moments between the album and the music videos have caused a lot of speculation amongst fans. The official sequel comic may either make this better or worse, as it's a sequel to the album but treats the events of the videos as canon [[spoiler: including the main Killjoys' deaths in the music video for SING, which contradicts the order of the Killjoys deaths in the album]].
* YouShallNotPass: Pulled off by [[spoiler:Fun Ghoul]] in the Music Video for SING. Doubles as both [[spoiler:{{Heroic Sacrifice}}]] and [[spoiler:{{Dying Moment of Awesome}}]]
** Also, the song "Save Yourself, I'll Hold Them Back" on the album if taken literally. As rumoured above, it is most likely [[spoiler:Party Poison]] making the sacrifice this time as both [[spoiler:Jet-Star and Kobra Kid]] are dead at this point.
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[[folder: The Comics]]
* BlackGuyDiesFirst: Volume of the Ultra V's.
* ComingOfAgeStory: WordOfGod states its this for The Girl.
* DownerEnding: The '''Free Comic Book Day''' mini issue, Dead Satellites. [[spoiler: Vacation Adventure Society, a pair of musicians, rogues, and possibly Killjoys allies, are killed, and a boy loses his mom to BL/ind, replaced by a cyborg-mom.]]. And that was only on that issue.
* InkSuitActor: Korse, the BLInd elite S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, takes a great resemblance to his original actor, GrantMorrison. Similarly, Steve, righ?'s character, Dr. Death Defying, is basically himself in a comic book.
* SequelSeries: The comic is a sequel to Danger Days, the album.
* SuddenlySexuality: Krose apparently started seeing another man sometime during the TimeSkip and might be gaining more of a conscience as a result. At the expense of his SCARECROW status being revoked and the potential for ''big'' trouble if BL/ind finds out he's actually having a meaningful romantic relationship.
* TeenageWasteland: Implied, most characters seen in the Zones appear to be in their early teens to mid twenties and the oldest non BL/ind character seen in the Zones in issue 1 are the salesman Tommy Chow Mein, DJ Death Defying, and DJ Cherri Cola. The Ultra V's mistrust DJ Death Defying due to him being '''super old''' (like, forty something).
* TimeSkip: Takes place 12 years after the events of the album.
* WarriorPoet: DJ Cherri Cola speaks in very haunting verses when we heard him. Plus, he's a Dr. Death Defying ally, and former Killjoy, surviving the TimeSkip in the Zones, so we must assume he's a great fighter.
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